There’s nothing worse than a generic souvenir. Fortunately, for those of you travelling down under we’ve got you covered. If you’re in need of something unique to bring home from Sydney or just something hip to wear while you’re there, check out the list below.
Housed in an abandoned church, this boutique is Sydney’s go-to destination for timeless pieces from some of fashion’s most respected labels (think Céline, Valentino and Comme Des Garçons). Though owner and former fashion agent Eva Galambos regularly travels the world on buying trips, she’s equally keen on supporting Australian designers, including Maticevski and Ellery.
Opened last winter, this airy, light-filled multi-brand boutique in Paddington stocks a wide range of brands favored by men who appreciate style, but aren’t beholden to trends. From A.P.C. jeans to Acne sweatshirts to New Balance sneakers, you’ll discover all the building blocks required for a smart, versatile wardrobe.
This Australian label has cultivated a cult following of locals and globetrotters alike for nearly three decades. (Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts are among loyal fans.) Expect to find clothing and accessories that are equal parts sophisticated and seductive, from goat hair capes to leather shift dresses.
Every piece in this airy, warehouse-like design shop is thoughtfully selected by owners Russel Koskela and Sasha Titckosky, with sustainability and functionality in mind. And if you’re feeling crafty, swing by one of their regularly-held workshops, including silver ring making, tapestry weaving, and Shibori dyeing.
Located in Bondi, this fashion mecca – which celebrates its 18th anniversary this year – is renowned for its carefully-curated roster of industry heavyweights (like Dior, Alexander Wang and Chloe) and local talent (like Dion Lee and Bassike). Given its beachy location, the customers are an eclectic mix of surfers and socialites.
Fashion risk takers have been flocking to this charming boutique in Newtown since it opened its doors in 1997. Though more classic pieces abound here, it’s owner Tanya Stevanovic’s eye for the quirky and irreverent that have helped Sydney’s most style-forward stand apart from the crowds.
Owners Nicola and Orlando Reindorf opened their boutique in Surry Hills in 2011, which became an instant hit for its chic selection of American and European labels for both men and women (think Engineered Garments, A Détacher, and Carven). Whether its clothing, accessories, or even candles, everything feels effortless, cool, and just edgy enough.